Sunday, March 11, 2012

Penn Sounds Off on Daylight Savings Idiocy


Penn Jillette sounds off on daylight savings idiocy, government meddling, and the ratchet effect. Warning: Some strong language.


9 Comments:

At 3/11/2012 10:35 AM, OpenID moneyjihad said...

Interesting point. Daylight "savings" never really made any sense to me. You're not saving any time, you're just shifting then re-shifting it later to bring it back in balance.

 
At 3/11/2012 1:45 PM, Blogger jorod said...

Lately it's become a convenient panacea for pretending to do something about energy costs invented by the politicians.

 
At 3/11/2012 4:00 PM, Blogger andyweintraub said...

I didn't know Penn had Libertarian tendencies. That's good. Let's teach him about NYC rent control, or minimum wage laws, or tax exempt employer provided health care. And I'll bet he has a lot to say about Obamacare.

 
At 3/11/2012 4:00 PM, Blogger andyweintraub said...

I didn't know Penn had Libertarian tendencies. That's good. Let's teach him about NYC rent control, or minimum wage laws, or tax exempt employer provided health care. And I'll bet he has a lot to say about Obamacare.

 
At 3/11/2012 4:27 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Penn is a very intelligent and fascinating man. There's a very good interview with him in this month's Reason Magazine. If you have about 15 minutes, check out the video: http://reason.com/blog/2011/09/20/reasontv-penn-jillette-on-god

 
At 3/11/2012 4:54 PM, Blogger happyjuggler0 said...

Daylight Savings Time is bad for the environment. Good luck getting Al Gore to campaign about ending it though....

 
At 3/11/2012 6:16 PM, Blogger Speedmaster said...

Bravo! And I love the reference to Dr. Higgs's concept of the ratchet effect. ( http://bit.ly/A4W2Xy ) ;-)

 
At 3/12/2012 6:29 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

RA Heinlein had a suggested idea for dealing with the rachet issue (from “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress”, iirc):

Two houses, one whose job it is to PASS laws, one whose job it is to REPEAL laws.

The tricky part is, the passing one requires a supermajority of 2/3rds. The repealing one only requires a submajority of 1/3rd.

The basic idea is that, if 34% of the people don’t like something as Law, it probably has no business being Law.

 
At 3/12/2012 6:34 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

>>> I didn't know Penn had Libertarian tendencies.

LOL, what hole in the ground did you just climb out of?

;-D

Go search on his comments about TSA's intrusive searches and stuff. He's actually sued them for assault, when one just grabbed his crotch without being polite enough first off to even say anything.

You would probably enjoy
Penn & Teller: Bullshit (now in its 8th "short" season)
Here are some of them, you can prob get access to the whole backlog via Netflix.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=penn+and+teller+bullshit&oq=penn+and+teller&aq=1&aqi=g10&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=1088l2838l0l5936l15l13l0l5l5l1l246l818l5.2.1l8l0

 

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